Key Smart Grid and Energy Collaborators Meet at ConnectivityWeek

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A new energy paradigm is emerging; one defined by a challenging global economy, rapid technological innovation, and emerging energy trends.

ConnectivityWeek 2010, a collection of events focused on the application of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in smart grid and energy efficiency, will be holding its fifth annual conference at the Santa Clara Convention Center from May 24-27. Conference producer Clasma Events is expecting more than 1,500 attendees this year -- an increase of 50% over last year -- including government leaders, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in Silicon Valley and beyond. Participants will explore the ways in which smart technologies, energy management and ICT solutions will converge as critical means to address the global energy opportunity. Addressing a key theme that many smart grid leaders have identified as a critical topic for 2010, ConnectivityWeek's panelists and speakers will discuss the emerging role of energy consumers in our new energy economy.

"A new energy paradigm is emerging; one defined by a challenging global economy, rapid technological innovation, and emerging energy trends," said Anto Budiardjo, CEO of Clasma Events Inc. "ConnectivityWeek is well known throughout the smart grid and energy industries for providing rich content, diverse perspectives and new business opportunities for attendees and exhibitors. Given the high level of innovation and investment emerging from Silicon Valley in the smart grid, it is fitting that this event take place in Santa Clara, situated in the center of Silicon Valley."

Participants will uncover opportunities from leading experts in charge of smart grid deployment and clean technology innovation. More than 200 speakers and 120 sessions will bring to light a better understanding of how smart, connected devices and systems will shape energy consumption in commercial, residential, industrial and infrastructure settings, and how the homeowner and consumer will play an increasingly impactful role in our energy future.

The agenda will span several disciplines including:

  • Smart, green and efficient buildings
  • Home Area Network trends, technologies and standards
  • Reaching and engaging energy consumers
  • Sustainable manufacturing
  • Smart grid and cloud computing
  • Electric vehicle technology, safety, data and infrastructure
  • Cybersecurity and the smart grid
  • Smart grid enabled demand response
  • Connecting VCs and Investors to the smart grid

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr. George Arnold, National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Harry Sim, CEO, Cypress Envirosystems
  • Honorable Manuel Flores, Chairman, Illinois Commerce Commission
  • Annabelle Lee, Senior Cybersecurity Strategist, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Chris Thomas, Policy Director, Illinois Citizens Utility Board
  • Jeremy Eaton, VP/Global Strategy & Marketing, Honeywell Automation & Control Solutions
  • John McDonald, General Manager/Marketing, GE Energy
  • John Petze, Global Director/Sales Operations, Cisco Systems
  • Scott Campbell, Senior VP & CIO, MGM Mirage
  • Todd Rytting, President & CEO, Panasonic Electric Works Laboratory of America
  • Mark Klerer, Senior Director/Technology, Qualcomm Inc.
  • Nat Goldhaber, Managing Director, Claremont Creek Ventures
  • Paul Skare, Director, Siemens Energy Inc.
  • Ron Ambrosio, Chairman, GridWise Architecture Council

ConnectivityWeek is sponsored by Cisco, Elster, Itron, Aclara, Bridge Energy Group, ClimateTalk Alliance, Ember, EnerNex Corporation, OSI Soft, Sensus M.I., Southern California Edison, Trilliant, WiFi Alliance, and has more than 25 partners supporting the event.

Recipients of the 2010 Buildy Awards will be announced at ConnectivityWeek. These awards acknowledge leaders in the vertical venues that define the scope of where energy is consumed and where smart grid, smart buildings, smart homes, smart devices and services will play a vital role. Finalists will be announced on April 30, 2010.

"An event dedicated to connecting people and technology, ConnectivityWeek will provide participants with the opportunity to learn from the industry's best speakers, engage with the industry's top influencers, and understanding how smart connected devices will shape our energy future," Budiardjo added. "There's no better place to understand the growing number of business opportunities taking shape within our new energy paradigm."

About ConnectivityWeek
ConnectivityWeek 2010 focuses on the application of Information Communication Technology (ICT) for energy management and efficiency. Its unique format creates a cohesive understanding of how smart, connected devices and systems will shape our future. Keynotes and sessions are focused on implementation technologies, business development and market growth in a new energy paradigm. ConnectivityWeek 2010 will take place May 24-27 in Silicon Valley, the heart of cleantech innovation. Learn more on our website, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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